1999 NLDS Mets hero Todd Pratt will attend Spring Training with the Yankees as a non-roster invitee. Once there, he'll compete with five other catchers for the right to back up Jorge Posada.
Todd Pratt turns 40 years old next month, and though he's also spent time with the Braves and Phillies, he'll always be known to Mets fans as Mike Piazza's backup, the guy who made Robin Ventura's NLCS homer a Grand Slam Single, but most of all as the guy who won the 1999 NLDS with a walk off homerun off Matt Mantei in the 10th inning of Game 4. I was at that game, and if you want to know what Shea Stadium looked like after he hit that homer, here's a picture I took:
Also yesterday, transplanted ex-Met outfielder Richard Hidalgo agreed to a minor league contract with the Houston Astros. Hidalgo has not appeared in a major league game since 2005.